Leadership Development Through Community Service

Recognizing Excellence

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. So a community advocate, a high-motor banking officer, and a Major League baseball player walk into the Ala Moana Hotel…. No it’s not a joke; it’s time for the Hawaii Jaycees Three Outstanding Young Persons Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet was held in conjunction with the Year-End Convention, and it recognized Tofi Mika, Jr., Galileo Tan and Shane Victorino as the award winners for 2010.

Tofi Mika, Jr. is a tireless community advocate, having organized Walk Across Oahu, an event that raised awareness of issues facing disabled war veterans. He also helped mobilize the construction of a training facility for at-risk teens and a hospital for deaf children in the Philippines, and create the Hope through Music program, an outreach effort for underprivileged children in Kalihi. He was named by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as one of Ten Who Made a Difference in Hawaii in 2009, and the Pacific Business News recognized him as one of the Forty Under 40 in 2010.
Galileo Tan is currently a Central Pacific Bank Business Banking Officer, but he was previously the in-store Branch Manager for the Kailua Don Quijote branch until its recent closure. Upon graduating from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Tan joined Central Pacific, and he quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the position of Branch Manager in just three years. He is also the president of Central Pacific’s Employee Club. His community outreach efforts involve service projects at Roosevelt and Kailua high schools and being a designated panelist for Adopt-a-School Day.
Shane Victorino is an outfielder with Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies. He was born and raised on Maui, and is among a small but successful contingent of pro ball players from Hawaii. The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” is known for his lightning quick speed and dynamic switch-hitting. Drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Victorino later joined the Phillies in 2000. In 2008, Victorino and his Phillies won the World Series, the organization’s first in 30 years. He has won numerous accolades in baseball, including a place on the 2009 Major League All-Star team. In 2010, Victorino founded the Shane Victorino Foundation with his wife Melissa to provide opportunities for underprivileged children. That year also saw him awarded the Phillies Community Service Award and nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values the Hall of Fame player displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others.
Shane’s father Mike Victorino accepted the award on Shane’s behalf. The Maui Council member and former jaycee delivered an inspiring speech that encouraged all to follow their dreams no matter what. Former RPJ President Eve Epitome nominated Shane Victorino for the award.